The NFL will likely never go out of business, but it is possible in the future that it will lose some of its popularity. Why? There is a sport worldwide with the same name, and US football, while extremely popular, has not completely resonated with the rest of the world. Additionally, the safety risks associated with playing football have been talked about much more in recent times.
People are still gladly fixated on games, spectating their professional gladiators. However, less of the youth these days are interested in putting their bodies in harm’s way. Parents are also more inclined to keep their kids focused on other sports besides football. This generational shift is only part of what is going on when it comes to the fate of US football.
College football is looking like it might sit atop the NFL in regards to popularity. Then aside from the safety risks and generational changes, you have to also think about the fact that popularity for sports is always changing. Put all of the points made together, and it does look a little bleak for the NFL as more cultural changes occur. However, people seem to have an insatiable appetite for watching people clobber each other.
Therefore, the NFL will likely continue on indefinitely. That doesn’t mean, however, that it will stay chief among sports in the US. It is the youngest of the three major professional sports, and it took over as chief after the popularity of NBA basketball started to fade for a time. So you want to be sure that you recognize trends because the NFL could be unseated in the next few years just for that reason alone, despite other factors. What is your favorite sport, and what are your thoughts on the NFL possibly going out of business?